In John chapter 17, the focus now turns from Jesus preparing the disciples for his impending death and resurrection to praying the night he was arrested.
John 17 begins with a fact that shouldn’t be overlooked.
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed
Jesus began to pray as soon as he told the disciples in John 16- take heart for I have overcome the world, so as Jesus prayed, they were there to hear his prayer. By hearing his prayer, they knew what was on his heart. When people are dying is a time they express what is most on their heart and Jesus was no different. He wanted them to hear his pray and it is recorded here for us to take note.
Jesus’s prayer begins with him acknowledging what the plan was all along
Father, the hour has come
The crucifixion of Jesus was the plan all along. It was intentional on the part of Jesus and God the Father. It was the mission of Jesus to die for our sins, so we could be forgiven and receive relationship with God.
Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
.Jesus had emptied himself as we read in Philippians 2:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Jesus received his glory back after his resurrection. We see this is directly what Jesus was referring to in John 17:5
And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
In his prayer Jesus refers to the glory he has brought to God the Father. What is that glory?
For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
The glory brought to God the Father is all of those who come to believe in Jesus. The glory brought to God the Father are the countless souls throughout history who have received eternal life through Jesus.
That means broken people with broken lives coming into relationship with God glorifies God the Father and Jesus. His grace, mercy and forgiveness are offered freely to anyone who will trust in Jesus alone.
God wants you, wants us, to belong to him in a father child relationship. That brings glory to God. Did you know the our salvation is a cause of wonderment among the angels?
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
Did you see the last part of this passage from 1st Peter Chapter 1?
Even the angels long to look into these things
Angels are not referred to as children of God. Only us broken fallen humans can be children of God. The angels long to understand this and glory God because of it.
How wonderful it is to receive that which we do not deserve nor can we earn it. A child of God because God adopts those who come to Jesus, God forgives those who come to Jesus.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.